ALs to R. H. Horne
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The prospectus was for a proposed series of lectures by R.H. Horne. Horne had lectured to Mechanics Institutes in Liverpool and Manchester in Winter 1846 and in London in Autumn, 1847. Horne was in need of a great deal of money at the time.CHAR(13) + CHAR(10) It is said that Dickens read Thomas Day's, The History of Sandford And Merton. Tommy Merton had been tutored by Mr. Barlow, who espoused a pedagogical approach very much opposed by Dickens. In "Mr. Barlow" which appeared in All the Year Round, 16 Jan 1869 and reprinted in The Uncommercial Traveller, 1875 edition, Dickens criticized Mr. Barlow as the incorrigible enemy of fancy, humor and enjoyment.CHAR(13) + CHAR(10) No record have been found that the lectures were every given. Horne had complained to Elizabeth Browning that "even the 'Institutes' expect gratuitous lectures" (Letter of E.B. Browning, ed. F.G. Kenyon, 1897, I, 393). The lectures may have connected with what Horne described as "a general history of human attainment" on which he was working. A study of ancient art, literature and philosophy, from the Chinese to the Greeks, it was to be entitled "Practical Studies Genius and Skill but was never published (Cyril Pearl, Always Morning, Melbourne, 1960, p. 99).CHAR(13) + CHAR(10) Mrs. Dickens would have come out to Fallow Lodge, Finchley, where the Hornes had been living since their marriage.
- Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870
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- Bunyan, John, 1628-1688
Day, Thomas, 1748-1789
Dickens, Catherine, 1815-1879
Horne, Catherine, Clare, St. George, Foggo
Horne, R. H. (Richard H.), 1802-1884
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